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The Little Things (2021)

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Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.

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John Lee Hancock
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Joe 'Deke' Deacon
Rami Malek ... Jim Baxter
Jared Leto ... Albert Sparma
Chris Bauer ... Detective Sal Rizoli
Michael Hyatt ... Flo Dunigan
Terry Kinney ... LASD Captain Carl Farris
Natalie Morales ... Detective Jamie Estrada
Isabel Arraiza ... Ana Baxter
Joris Jarsky ... Detective Sergeant Rogers
Glenn Morshower ... Captain Henry Davis
Sofia Vassilieva ... Tina Salvatore
Jason James Richter ... Detective Williams
John Harlan Kim ... Officer Henderson
Frederick Koehler ... Stan Peters
Judith Scott ... Marsha
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Storyline

Deke (Denzel Washington), a burnt-out Kern County, CA deputy sheriff teams up with Baxter (Rami Malek), a crack LASD detective, to nab a serial killer. Deke's nose for the "little things" proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past. Written by cochiseledoux

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent/disturbing images, language and full nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Denzel Washington's daughter Olivia plays a role in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jim is tucking his kids into bed they are sleeping in a bunk bed. however, there is no ladder or any discernible way for the child in the top bunk to get down. See more »

Quotes

Joe 'Deke' Deacon: It's the little things that are important, Jimmy. It's the little things that get you caught.
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Forever
Written by Steve Gordon
Performed by Diana Duval
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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Still looking for another Se7en
3 February 2021 | by thekarmicnomadSee all my reviews

There will never be another Se7en and, although this may appear similar, it is very different. Where as Se7en is all about the crime and the killer this is more concerned with the detectives hunting the killer.

We meet Denzil as a lowly cop sent on an errand to the town that he used to be a respected detective in. It is clear something happened here that put a downward trajectory on his career.

Almost by accident he gets pulled in to the hunt for a vicious serial killer.

The crimes are not particularly clever of interesting or are the suspects. This is all about the detectives. This is well made and produced, the leads have a sickly pallor about them that reinforces the desperate state of the investigation.

There is nothing particularly different about this movie and it is quite low on excitement. But the characters are engaging and I like watching Denzil in the detective roles where he gets to play with people.

As things ramp up near the end it feels like the writers are in a bit of a corner and the film takes a turn that is unexpected, yet still not very exciting. This sets up for a thought provoking ending.

This is well made and I did enjoy it - I just wanted it to be more. Don't expect much action or thrills.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,700,000, 31 January 2021

Gross USA:

$12,910,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,210,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gran Via, Warner Bros. See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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